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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

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Amazon EC2
  4876 votes / 35%
Amazon Beanstalk
  337 votes / 2%
Azure
  1402 votes / 10%
Engine Yard
  412 votes / 3%
Google App Engine
  3383 votes / 24%
Heroku
  692 votes / 5%
Rackspace
  1646 votes / 12%
VMforce
  862 votes / 6%
13610 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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What is your favorite Cloud Platform?

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  • None (Score:5, Informative)

    by LogarithmicSpiral (1463679) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @12:42PM (#35081052)
    I don't use any of them.
    • by tsa (15680)

      Me neither. I didn't even know there were so many.

      • I'm still trying to figure out what, if any, use I would have them as a non-enterprise net denizen.
          • That actually wouldn't be a bad name for a cloud platform. I'm surprised it hasn't been used yet. I mean, who at amazon chose the name "EC2" when they could've called it "Amazon Cumulus??!"

        • by gnapster (1401889)

          I don't know what your needs are, as a 'non-enterprise' denizen, but I was just talking with a friend – not one hour ago – who was saying how much he was enjoying Amazon's EC2 service. He just started using it to run simulations for his PhD. He has, say, 8 simulations that take four days each. Instead of running them one at a time on his workstation, which would take a month, he now runs them in parallel in the cloud, and they are all done in four days. So, academia is another big niche.

          I

    • Quite right. My company's (and personal, for that matter) data is too valuable to give to unknown spotty Herberts at wherever the datacentre is, to read, share and lose, to say nothing of the spooks for whichever country it happens to be in. Not until there are proper SLAs and data protection rules in place, at the very least.
    • Add another non-voter to the crowd, please.
  • He must have a cloud set up, otherwise how could he be telling me to get offa it?

  • by jackdub (1938908) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @12:51PM (#35081198)
    The Floating City on Bespin, you insensitive clod!
  • Jokes? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Thadd.Isolas (936888) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @12:55PM (#35081234)
    I've never used a cloud service. Where is my joke options?
    • Re: (Score:2, Funny)

      by Anonymous Coward

      If I ever needed a cloud platform, I would just hack into Cowboy Neal's toaster, microwave, and refrigerator, and use those.

      Uh... I mean Cowboy Neal's Mom's appliances, upstairs you know.

    • by ccandreva (409807)

      A Beowulf cluster of Timex/Sinclair 1000s

      There you go.

    • Seriously. Can't a brother get a shout-out to Lakitu?

  • The bonus areas in SMB Levels 2-1, 5-2, etc.
    Cloud City on Bespin.
    Cloud Nine.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @01:03PM (#35081340)

    Why have your data "in the cloud" when you can *literally* have it in the clouds, along with all the other standard evil overlord accoutrements?

  • by JustNiz (692889) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @01:07PM (#35081408)

    that we all must necessarily think cloud is a good thing and want to use it.
    Not me, I value my privacy.

  • by Zedrick (764028) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @01:19PM (#35081596)
    Flying carpet.
  • My favorite cloud platform is the UNIT flying aircraft carrier in the Doctor Who series!
    (the one in "Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow," too).

    --second choice, Laputa, in the Miyazaki "City in the Clouds" (stolen from Swift).
     

  • Is this some web developer thing? I've never heard of any of them. If there was a "none of the above" option I bet it would have 80%+ of the votes.
    • Is this some web developer thing?

      No, though some of the options (App Engine, Heroku, Engine Yard AppCloud) are web-app focussed.

      • by WhiteDragon (4556)

        Is this some web developer thing?

        No, though some of the options (App Engine, Heroku, Engine Yard AppCloud) are web-app focussed.

        Engine Yard is a RoR (Ruby on Rails) hosting service. One of my friends was involved in their startup.

    • Latest IT fad..... (Score:5, Insightful)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @02:12PM (#35082310)

      It's the latest IT fad. Some tech marketing demon creates these fads to make the old new again and then profit.

      Here's how to make $$$ in IT:

      1. Look back to the 70s and find some mainframe tech
      2. Use Interet to duplicate functionality and give it cutsie name
      3. Profit!
  • Eversion. (Just don't use it late at night)

  • by ahodgkinson (662233) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @01:55PM (#35082084) Homepage Journal
    Cloud? I'll keep my cloud in the local data center, meaning that I'd rather make the extra effort to serve/manage/backup my data myself.

    The occasional outages and stories of lost mail archives of some very large providers make me worry. Frankly, I don't trust the Cloud providers to be stable enough over the long-term. Companies merge, get bought, go bust, etc., and any of these events could cause a temporary or permanent service disruption, terms of usage policy change, security problem, total loss of data, etc. If you move your data to the cloud, then you must accept that you are giving up a great deal of control. You must consider how mission critical the data is, how you are going to make/keep backups, the cost of losing access temporarily/permanently, etc.

    For some types of data, this may not be a problem. But, for me, the Cloud is just too flaky for the type of data I'd like to store in it. Would you be comfortable if your Cloud data got given to Wikileaks, or, worse, to some criminal organization. Your provider might not even tell (or even know) you if this occurs, especially since they are not legally required to in may countries. Call me paranoid, but disgruntled employees of large corporations can do bad things; and you have no control over how those employees are vetted or treated. Your provider might be fine now, but what happens when the provider is bought by say, Walmart, and costs get cut to the bone.

    I realize my date center won't scale as nicely as, say, Amazon's, but I'm not (yet) prepared to let someone else be responsible for the safety and security of MY data.

    • Cool story bro

    • Cloud? I'll keep my cloud in the local data center

      The omission of locally hostable cloud options (Eucalyptus, OpenCloud, AppScale) rather than just cloud hosting offerings might be a design flaw in the poll (or calling it "cloud platforms" rather than "cloud hosting offerings" might be the problem.)

    • There is a middle way... build your own cloud. I've currently got two going... a vspere cloud and a eucalyptus cloud. Each have their strengths and weaknesses.
    • by jascat (602034) on Thursday February 03, 2011 @03:56PM (#35095532)
      It sounds like you're not the type of person that is the target of most managed solutions. Cloud products aren't right for everyone and certainly not for every application. Cloud solutions won't ever take the place of bare-metal hardware for folks that need it. I am an operations admin for a cloud product and I have no problem telling customers when their stuff just isn't the right fit for our product. But, what's not right for you, doesn't make it wrong for everyone else.
  • by BJ_Covert_Action (1499847) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @02:14PM (#35082344) Homepage Journal
    The author of the poll missed a great opportunity for flamebait:

    Missing option:
    Facebook
  • I've used Rackspace for my own personal uses and it's worked out well. It's great for a developer like me. I can pay a small fee per month and spool up all kinds of servers at whim. I have 2 servers running Linux/Apache/Cassandra/Python and then another running Windows server for my .Net development. If I need to install a package to get up to speed on it I just spool another up and install it. If it goes awry I destroy the image and start over. It does wonders for a learning environment. Throw away environ

    • Rackspace's customer http://www.tbnonline.com/ [tbnonline.com] started spamming me daily last week, and Rackspace's abuse people haven't gotten them to stop yet. I Googled to get more information about them, and the same customer was getting spam complaints back in 2002 and Rackspace wasn't fixing them. Their IP address, mail.tbnonline.com 204.232.152.186 is part of a /29 block that Rackspace SWIP'ed to their customer tbnonline. I'm guessing this is a colo service rather than cloud, but I don't know yet.

      I'm interested

  • by Dalzhim (1588707) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @02:17PM (#35082390)

    Those are cloud platforms as well!

  • It goes by several names .. air, the atmosphere, the sky, big blue .. etc And its such a nice day outside where I am now so I can see blue sky and clouds!
  • With global warming, soon all the clouds will evaporate and all data will be lost.

  • by Hartree (191324) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @04:53PM (#35084460)

    Laputa, the castle in the sky, of course!

  • by confused one (671304) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @04:56PM (#35084514)
    Zeppelin.
  • Amazon EC2 is an open standard which is implemented by prominent open-source projects such as Eucalyptus. EC2 is also very common already.

    • by horza (87255)

      Hosting EC2 away from Amazon may make it viable. I doubt anybody trusts Amazon any more for cloud hosting after snipping Wikileaks with no notice when a US politician clicks their fingers.

      Phillip.

  • I use the Steam Cloud feature for saving my Team Fortress 2 and Left4Dead settings. Other than that, I don't do anything else on cloud networks. Personally I just have no use for a service like that.
  • none of the above (Score:4, Interesting)

    by rcpitt (711863) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @06:21PM (#35085404) Homepage Journal
    blue sky - no clouds, no pattern

    If I have to have clouds, make them nice fluffy cumulo-nimbus

  • by flanksteak (69032) * on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @06:30PM (#35085500) Homepage
    Where is the option for CowboyNeal's Bit Barn?
  • Stratocumulus? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Trogre (513942) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @06:54PM (#35085692) Homepage

    I know I'm not supposed to complain about the lack of options, but this poll has no provision for respondents who don't use nor trust cloud platforms.

    I can not vote in this poll.

  • by celest (100606) <mekki@@@mekki...ca> on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @09:30PM (#35086854) Homepage

    How about Valve's Steam platform?

    Saving my Plants vs Zombies game in the Steam Cloud lets me keep the damn Zombies off mah lawn no matter where I am!

  • by melted (227442) on Wednesday February 02, 2011 @09:35PM (#35086896) Homepage

    My favorite cloud platform is a Linux server I have in my closet. It runs several externally exposed KVM Linux instances, and doesn't have any costs or limitations associated with any of the other options (well, other than 30 bucks a year I pay for electricity to run this server). 4TB of combined storage, Two cores fully at my disposal, each instance has 2GB of RAM allocated to it. This would cost an arm and a leg if I got it from Amazon.

  • the sky

  • It seems to me the poster does not understand the difference between IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) where you go and rent a VM and you do whatever you need to do with it, vs. PaaS (Platform as a Service) where you rent the framework services to deploy you application.

    Both have their own use cases, and the poll would have been much more interesting if it would focus on one of these at the time. This is a very active space with a lot of development and innovation going in each layer, which (at least for
  • Cowboy Neil's cloud platform.

    I can honestly say that I never use anything else.

  • cowboyneal where are you? I don't knowingly use any of them, but I suspect that during my browsing and buying I may be using all of them. I never liked the term 'cloud' because it just seems to be a computer config that has been around for ages, but never had a name.

  • Duke Nuk'em Forever ... my prefered cloudyware.
  • I think I liked the ones in SMB2 the best.
  • 100% open source based on Open standards and easy to migrate and create your own.

    That's the "cloud" solution I use. my one rolled by using OSS solutions out there. The company I work for will never trust another company to hold all the keys to the kingdom.... and many others feel that way as well.

  • by rueger (210566) * on Friday February 04, 2011 @06:10PM (#35107928) Homepage
  • by bistromath007 (1253428) on Saturday February 05, 2011 @03:00AM (#35109920)
    I will accept no other Cloud platform whatsoever.

Two is not equal to three, even for large values of two.

 



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